13-15 May 2009, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey

Slides of the three plenary speakers can be accessed here.
The conference program and book of abstracts are online!

The organizing committee thanks the invited session organizers for their contributions.

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Game theory provides a formal mathematical framework to study complex interactions among interdependent rational players. For more than half a century, game theory has led to revolutionary developments in economics, and has also found important applications in politics, sociology, psychology, engineering, and transportation.

Recently, there has been a surge in research activities that employ game theory to model and analyze the performance of various networks, such as communication networks, computer networks, social networks, biological networks, molecular networks, and neural networks. There already exist several successful examples where game theory provides deeper understanding of complex network dynamics and leads to better design of efficient, scalable, and robust networks. Still, there remain many interesting open research problems yet to be identified and explored, and many issues to be addressed. Moreover, studies of different networks heretofore have largely been performed independently, although in many cases it is apparent that they share many similarities in terms of problem structures and the technical challenges they offer.

This conference, which will be held on the campus of Boğaziçi University, in Istanbul, Turkey, will bring together researchers who apply game theory to analyze, design, and assess the performance of networks. We hope to highlight synergies between various related research areas and encourage discussions regarding the benefits and limitations of game theory as a performance assessment and design tool for networks. Both the application of game theory to networking problems and the development of new game-theoretic methodologies that can be applied in that context are of interest. The conference will feature plenary talks, organized sessions focused on specific topics, and contributed papers. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Distributed network resource allocation
  • Trust and reputation management
  • Security assessment and enhancement
  • Dynamic spectrum assignment and management
  • Cognitive radio networks
  • Dynamic topology formation in networks
  • Incentives for cooperation in networks
  • Node mobility and route adaptation
  • Fairness in forwarding and medium access
  • Peer to peer and overlay networks
  • Network pricing
  • Multiple service provider interactions
  • Powerline communication networks
  • Electrical power networks
  • Formation of social networks
  • Biological networks
  • Biologically-inspired network design
  • Applicability and limitations of game theory in the networking domain
  • Algorithmic game theory
  • Equilibrium selection among multiple equilibria
  • Paradigms of bounded rationality and consequences
  • S-modular and potential games
  • Price of anarchy
  • Games of imperfect or asymmetric information
  • Learning mechanisms in games
  • Computation of Nash, correlated, and market equilibria
  • Preference elicitation and winner determination in combinatorial auctions
  • Stackelberg games
  • Cooperative game theoretical models
  • Multi-stage and repeated games
  • Mechanism design

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Organizing committee

  • General Chair: Tamer Başar Univ Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Steering Committee Chair: Imrich Chlamtac  CREATE-NET, Italy
  • TPC Co-Chairs: Jianwei Huang The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    R. Srikant Univ Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Local Arrangements Chair: Kivanç Mihçak  Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Finance and Registration Chair: Mehmet Akar Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Publications Chair: Hitay Özbay Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
  • Publicity Chair: Tansu Alpcan Deutsche Telekom Labs, Berlin
  • Conference Coordinator: Maria Morozova ICST
  • Conference Secretary: Rebecca Lonberger Univ Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Webmaster: Alihan Çetin  Webmaster/Programmer, Istanbul, Turkey